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209 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
+1 650-322-1888
11:00 - 21:30
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is very good for this type of restaurant, and the indoor/outdoor layout is great on a warm night. Kids love it and so do I.

Thank juliaemerson
Los Angeles, California
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85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a 3.5 rating but there is no such choice. Nice place for dim sum. Because they are freshly made in the open kitchen, it is slower than typical dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is nice covered outdoor patio seating. The ambience and service is Western which is a plus vs. typical Chinese restaurant service.

Thank K T
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This restaurant appeared about 3 years ago and unlike most Chinese restaurants in Palo Alto, has a definite "Hong Kong" vibe. My wife and I dine there about once a month. I don't normally order chicken wings, but I had to try their version when I saw it on the menu. The wings are freshly fried and then topped with... More 

Thank Harry W
Yerevan, Armenia
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386 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We had a lunch with friends in this place. The food was good and the portions were just right. Service was prompt. We were sitting outside and were feeling very comfortable.

Thank Aram K
Taguig City, Philippines
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265 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

The ambiance of this place is a classy dim sum joint. The floors aren't sticky and the bathroom has toilet paper. It also smells nice and you don't walk by a hallway full of trash or boxes to get to the bathroom. The location is convenient with free parking surrounding it. It was easy for us to get parking since... More 

Thank CrabisGOOD
La Honda, CA
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Really good food! Not cheap, but very tasty. Took friends/co-workers for lunch and we had a good variety of food, and maybe more than we needed...

Thank BeadsOfLight
Mendocino, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were at Stanford for a soccer game with 5 high school age boys. We chose to eat at Steam for the dim sum but found it to be pretty basic. The staff were friendly but no explanations were offered on the menu. We ordered 10-12 different items to share and although the boys ate everything, I believe they would... More 

Thank Nancy P
Marlow, United Kingdom
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535 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Nothing beats a plate of hot spicy beef hor fun noodles hot off the wok and full of flavour. The noodles were good, not outstanding, but hit the mark really well. The har gau was ok. Have had better. Overall, fast food when you're hungry and need an instant hit. I had just got off the plane from a 10... More 

Thank tanagogo1
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Unlike many Chinese restaurant, the restaurant was contemporary in decor. The ambience was a pleasant. We were very much surprised by the quality of the food. We went there with a couple from Canada and we enjoyed every dish we ordered. We had Scallop Seafood Dumplings, Sesame Balls, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Singapore Style Rice Noodles, and one other dish.... More 

Thank Tennisbums
San Carlos, California
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335 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Dim sum (limited) and a menu of popular dishes are served up quickly at this casual setting on the main drag (University Ave). Drop n for lunch. a little pricey compared to Chinese restaurants with full menus, but quicker and fresher.

Thank Larry v

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-322-1888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?